Friday, September 17, 2010

Mincemeat Tart with Apple and Streusel Topping



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It stands to reason that those who make and preserve mincemeat would have plans to use it. That's pretty much the case here, save for this one tart. I never plan to make it, but it always ends up on our table, You see, Bob and I are of two minds when it comes to desserts like this. He loves them and I don't. Don't get me wrong, I love mincemeat, but I have a barely sweet tooth and find this particular pie almost treacly in its sweetness. I snipped the recipe from Family Circle magazine some thirty years ago, but I suspect is roots are firmly planted in the kitchens of Mennonite and Amish communities. On reflection, it is very much like the Funeral Pie I featured here several months ago. Over the years, less and less mincemeat seems to make it into the jars that are sold for the holidays. There was a time when a jar could make a lovely 9-inch pie, but when you shave an ounce here and an ounce there, pies that are suppose to celebrate abundance get mighty stingy. I'm convinced that the apples and streusel that are piled onto this tart were devised to camouflage the scant amount of filling in the pie shell. The original recipe called for piling apples onto the mincemeat and then covering them with streusel. It was a bit of a mess to look at , so I decided to use spirals of overlapping apple slices and less of the streusel topping. It's still awfully sweet , too sweet for my tastes, but at least it looks more planned and festive. I use two, rather than the three, apples called for in the original recipe and I cut the streusel ingredients in half. Those among you who love mincemeat and highly sweetened desserts will love this tart. Here's the recipe.

Mincemeat Tart with Apples and Streusel Topping...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Family Circle magazine

Ingredients:
1 unbaked pastry shell for a 9-inch pie or tart pan
2 cups homemade or bottled mincemeat
2 apples, pared cored and thinly sliced
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a pie or tart pan with pastry.
2) Spread mincemeat evenly in pie shell. Place apples in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice and granulated sugar and toss to coat. Spread in an overlapping pattern of concentric rings on top of mincemeat filling.
3) Combine flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle over apples.
4) Place pie or tart pan on a baking sheet to catch spills. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

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46 comments:

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hi Mary, sorry for not visiting your blog for quite a while as I was busying helping my sister settle with her husband funeral matters. But now I back for blogging, will drop by more often. Your apple streusel sound really delicious..

Pondside said...

There are times when a really sweet dessert is called for - and we love mincemeat and apples. When I was growing up my mum always made her own mincemeat and we each had to stir the concoction in the crock. There was nothing in a jar that could compare with the taste of that mince meat in my mum's pie crust!

Satya said...

wow what an yummy tart ..my hubby is asking me to make tart from long time ..i feel i should try once ..thanks for sharing ...have a gr8 weekend

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Martha said...

I'm a mincemeat purist -- either pie or cookies for tea -- but must admit that this recipe looks ineresting with the apples and streusel.

Joanne said...

Ah so THIS is what mincemeat pie is all about! I am a total sweet lover, so I would probably adore this. especially with apples. I'm also quite a sucker for apples.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

What better way to use mincemeat than in a pie! I've heard of it but never had it though! Save me a slice!

carascravings said...

It reminds me of my mother's mincemeat tarts...I love them.
Yours looks quite beautiful with the apples on top; good choice!
I think a bite of this would make my "sweet teeth" quite happy :)

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Mary, I nvr try mincemeat in tart b4, sound interesting and your tart looks delicious.

Ginny said...

You have made this really beautiful! A keen observaion about the many apples used for topping.

Nina Timm said...

Mar, I am with you on this one, way too sweet for me.....I think this apple tart will work without the minbemeat, just apples and steusel!!!! Beautiful though!!

Jess--Sugar High said...

Mary, this pie sounds fabulous!

Adelina said...

this one really brings the homemade goodness to table! So season appropriate too!

aipi said...

Beautiful tart..love the way you laid out the apples ..shows a lot of skill !!

US Masala

Monet said...

Mincemeat pie was always super sweet at my Grammi's house too! Like you, I prefer my desserts on the lighter side...I would probably take a simple apple over the mincemeat. But this sure does look beautiful!

Biren said...

I like the apples with the mincemeat as it cuts down on the sweetness. It will be delicious with a cup of tea.

Bridgett said...

Can you believe I have never tried Mincemeat? I really need to change that! Lovely recipe.

Lucie said...

I would really like to try this out, Mary! Too sweet never scares me, and the mincemeat - apple combination sounds like a tasty pairing

Jeannie said...

I seldom make savory tarts, somehow I always associate tarts with the sweet fillings and ended up making sweet tarts. I must change that perception. Your tart definitely looks good, I would love this since it's sweet:D

Katerina said...

This is a totally new sweet to me. I should definitely give it a try. Thanks Mary!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wow that looks fantastic and I am sure it tastes wonderful. Diane

Jay said...

fantastic recipe...love your perfect writeup...

Tasty appetite

From the Kitchen said...

After determining (when much older) that my grandmother wasn't trying to kill me by serving mincemeat pie, I came to especially like it in a bar cookie-Hermit Bars--and finally to like it baked up in a pie. I'm not sure about the addition of apples but it certainly looks good.

Best,
Bonnie

Pierce said...

As soon as I saw the title I knew I would like it. What a shame that I only get micemeat around the Thanksgiving holidays...looks wonderful Mary!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Mary :)
un augurio di un felice fine settimana :)
Myriam

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, mincemeat is not a favorite of mine, but in the farm country we lived in, it could be found on every holiday table. This actually looks very good with the apples and streusel!
xoxo Pattie

Design Wine and Dine said...

I love the recipes that come from magazines some 30 years ago...they seem to just taste better! Beautiful Mary!

RamblingTart said...

So scrumptious, Mary!! I haven't had mincemeat in ages, but I remember the jars of it lining the pantry shelves that my Mums made when we were little. :-)

Barbara said...

I know the British really love mincemeat, but I've never been tempted. I'm not much for all that candied fruit but I'm really tempted to try this one with apples. What a lovely looking pie, Mary.
Perhaps this is the year to make my own mincemeat and give it another chance?

Cheryl said...

I am with you on the super sweet desserts, but this sounds and looks lovely and I learned what Mincemeat is!

Emily Z said...

Mmmm, this tart looks delicious. I need to make one soon. I see tarts everywhere in the food blogging world. I just need to work up the nerve since it's something I have not made yet.

Susi said...

I don't think I have ever eaten Mincemeat! The pie though looks delicious and I wouldn't mind eating a slice or two :o) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Self Sagacity said...

This is so very clever, I like the way you've made this dish.

PeggyR said...

Oh that pie looks devine!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Mary this recipe is like a lovely autumn hug. I have never attempted anything with mincemeat but this just might tempt me. Beautiful as usual. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Pam said...

Mary, this looks and sounds delicious! My mom always made mincemeat pie with beef that she canned when we lived on the farm.

The Blonde Duck said...

What is mincemeat?

Cristie said...

You are too right about the mincemeat jars getting smaller and smaller! It seems that most purchased pie fillings are looking too small to use. For the most part I make my own, but I do find myself feeling really bad for those unknowing bakers who don't realize that they should purchase two jars of something. Nice post.

Devaki said...

Dear Mary - Please forgive my noticeable absence from your blog but I have been moving and my world has been spinning.

Now that I can finally catch a breath, let me just say that this is wonderful though I have never purchased mincemeat except for the holidays and using it in a pie over apples is delish. So different to the thick syrupy sugar coating as in most pies.


Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

lostpastremembered said...

I love 3 pie pies.. like pumpkin/pecan, my personal favorite... but apple mince meat sounds wonderful... need to make a little mincemeat.

Gloria said...

Love your mincemeat Tart, Mary look realy delicious! I love it, blessings and have a lovely weekend, xgloria

Cherine said...

This tart is wonderful.

Tiffiny Felix said...

I might have to agree with you about this being too sweet...I've never had mincemeat. It's always sounded strange to me. In fact, it's only recently I realized it was sweet and not savory. The apples on the top are very pretty, though. Nicely done :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks yum mary, have a nice day,take care

Pasididžiuojanti Namų Šeimininkė said...

Mmmm, what a beautiful cake. I would like a piece of it :)

I like your blog. Thanks to visit mine and let me to discover yours.

See you soon!

The Duo Dishes said...

Mincemeat has always been one of those things of interest. Always thought it was savory, not sweet. This is quite the post to break that misconception!

Cooking with K said...

Thank you for stopping by CWK and your sweet comment...brought smiles and encouragement. Mincemeat is a real favorite of mine and I am always looking for new recipes to make with this uneventful ingredient that so many people see it as. Blessings, K

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